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People, Partners and Public Health: New Brand Showcases How USP Improves Health Around the World

Ron Piervincenzi Submitted by Ron Piervincenzi on Thu, 07/27/2017 - 19:31
Experience the New Brand Identity

Today, two billion people – more than 25% of the world’s population – benefit from the quality standards we develop with our partners for how medicines, dietary supplements, and food are produced. These standards help build a foundation for quality that makes the world a safer and healthier place. Click here to read more.

Of Health and Men - Celebrating Men's Health Month

Robert Gutnikoff Submitted by Robert Gutnikoff on Fri, 06/30/2017 - 10:29
Healthy man takes a water break.

Men are more likely than women to smoke and drink alcohol, put off regular medical checkups, and make less than healthy choice. Some men use dietary supplements to help them achieve their health goals, with many good results. However, some scientists are becoming increasingly cautious about these supplements because of the way they can impact the liver. One way to avoid adulterated supplements is to seek out the USP Verified Mark on the labels. 

Pharmaceuticals, printers and paintballs: when variability in excipient quality is and isn’t acceptable

Ramona Joseph Submitted by Ramona Joseph on Mon, 06/26/2017 - 10:28
Excipient Quality blog post thumbnail.

Regardless of whether it’s prescription or over-the-counter, the ingredients on a drug product label typically include one, maybe two, active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs). The rest of the list is comprised of “inactive” ingredients (excipients) which in reality are far from inactive. Variability may be acceptable for products such as printer ink and paintballs, but not pharmaceuticals, making quality standards for excipients critical to ensuring consistent drug quality.

Food Quality: Do You Really Get What You Pay For?

Ramona Joseph Submitted by Ramona Joseph on Thu, 06/22/2017 - 11:02
Food quality: do you really get what you pay for?

When purchasing food products, consumers may take for granted that the information on the label accurately reflects the contents of the package. As they become more health conscious and aware of food quality, many are willing to pay more for what they perceive to be healthier, higher quality foods. Unfortunately, there are instances when consumers’ trust in the integrity and quality of the foods they buy is misplaced. Many common foods are among the most susceptible to adulteration.

Pharmaceutical Packaging: Modernizing Standards for Glass & Elastomeric Components

USP Staff Submitted by USP Staff on Mon, 05/15/2017 - 15:38
Pharmaceutical Packaging

Establishing the suitability of packaging systems for pharmaceutical products is critical. With many new materials and applications entering the marketplace, testing procedures for these systems need to be revised regularly to make sure quality attributes are considered. To that end, USP has started an effort to modernize its packaging standards. Learn more.